Patrons of NYC gay bar incapacitated and robbed of thousands via facial recognition on their phones

February 04, 2023

Three men who visited a New York City gay bar were robbed of thousands of dollars using facial recognition access on their phones, the New York Police Department confirmed on Thursday. Police believe the criminals used facial recognition to access the victims’ phones and funds once they were incapacitated, according to Capt. Neither The Eagle NYC nor Hotel Chantelle responded to NBC News’ requests for comment. In January, The Eagle NYC posted on its Instagram account security footage of two men interacting with bar patrons outside the venue, writing: “Do not take rides from these guys. Officials advised bar patrons against using facial recognition technology to secure their phones and to alert friends of their whereabouts.